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Children of God

By Mary Doria Russell
Children of God by Mary Doria Russell digital book - Fable

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In Children of God, Mary Doria Russell further establishes herself as one of the most innovative, entertaining and philosophically provocative novelists writing today.

The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the So-ciety of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

Old friends, new discoveries and difficult questions await Emilio as he struggles for inner peace and understanding in a moral universe whose boundaries now extend beyond the solar system and whose future lies with children born in a faraway place.

Strikingly original, richly plotted, replete with memorable characters and filled with humanity and humor, Children of God is an unforgettable and uplifting novel that is a potent successor to The Sparrow and a startlingly imaginative adventure for newcomers to Mary Doria Russell’s special literary magic.

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3.5
Expressionless Face“Children of God. I picked up this 2nd book in the series immediated after I finished "The Sparrow." I loved the characters and the alien world, so wanted to learn more of their stories. Unfortunately this 2nd book held very little of what I most appreciated about "The Sparrow." The story-telling with multiple time lines was hard to follow. I also had a tough time keeping track of what was going on politically w/ the two alien species. While some of the humans were endearing-most were hard to handle. The hardest thing to handle was that the audiobook narrator was different then for The Sparrow" and this was a shame as I really liked the one for "The Sparrow" and I couldn't stand the voice for this one!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersImmersive settingThought-provokingUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“Even though I didn't connect to these characters (cept Emilio) as strongly as I did in the first book, I think I liked this story more. I hated leaving Milio so broken and here he gets the chance to put himself back together. I appreciated the more nuanced dynamics between different species and societal approaches offered in this story. I liked the pacing of the sequel more as well. The time jumps in the first one and uneven plot development was a challenge to slog through at times. CoG felt more linear and less jumpy. I think many of the characters in this one (including the Church) were also more three dimensional. I found Sofia nearly too good to be true in Sparrow and preferred her in CoG where her flaws became more apparent. And while Emilio's progression was predictable, it felt authentic to him and I enjoyed his 'happy ending' which stopped just short of being too saccharine.”
Multi-layered charactersUnpredictable
Expressionless Face“The Sparrow was a wonderful surprise for me. I was completely absorbed by the story and the characters and loved the book. Not so much with Children of God. I wanted the feelings I had for the first book to be recreated in the second, but it simply didn’t happen. I guess sometimes you just can’t go back. Part of my issue was that I didn’t connect with the crew on the second flight as I did with the first. And the Isaac storyline didn’t quite work for me. Some work better than others with straight timelines and the way this was written I always felt I was missing a lot. Still happy I read it because I always would have wondered if I hadn’t.”
Dark settingDarkThought-provoking
Thinking Face“I loved the characters and plot of the first book, The Sparrow, so I started the sequel Children of God, right after I finished The Sparrow. I enjoyed “Sparrow” more because I explored a new world and got acquainted with the characters. I also enjoyed The Children of God because it had twists and turns in the plot, and my favorite character, Sandoz, finally had healing from his initial trauma. It was bittersweet because he lost to death the two women he loved, but as a woman in her 70’s, I know that life rarely has perfect, happy endings to our stories. I also learned from Emilio’s loss of faith in God, and his reconciliation with God. I hope and imagine he found some compensatory joy in meeting his daughter and granddaughter.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growBeautifully writtenUnpredictableImmersive settingThought-provoking
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Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedUnpredictableBeautiful settingImmersive settingHeartbreaking

About Mary Doria Russell

Trained as a paleoanthropologist and the author of scientific articles on subjects ranging from bone biology to cannibalism, Mary Doria Russell received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois, her M.A. in social anthropology from Northeastern Univer-sity and her doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and their son and is at work on her third novel.

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